White House says Trump won't fire Mueller

FILE - In this June 19, 2013, file photo, former FBI Director Robert Mueller testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. On May 17, 2017, the Justice Department said is appointing Mueller as special counsel to oversee investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

The White House says President Donald Trump "has no intention" to fire the special counsel investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders tells reporters aboard Air Force One that "while the president has the right to" fire Robert Mueller, "he has no intention to do so."

The president has railed against the Russia investigation as a "witch hunt."

Per Department of Justice rules, it's actually up to the deputy attorney general to make that call — though the president could bypass that protocol.

Some of Trump's allies have begun questioning Mueller's credibility as the investigation intensifies.

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